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on October 4, 2013
This book is boring. The writer does not have the talent to describe the tension and excitement of the Cuban missile crisis.
I was located in Thule, Greenland during this period. The Strategic Air Command stationed an aircraft circling over our site with the sole task of reporting to NORAD that Thule had been destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Every eight hours a replacement aircraft would arrive and the original aircraft would depart. Thule was (and is) the site of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS). BMEWS had huge radars designed to quickly pick up a Soviet missile launch during the rising phase of the flight. This would give 20 minutes warning to the President enabling him to launch retaliatory missiles at Russia before they were destroyed by the incoming Soviet missile.
During these days, we just worked, ate and slept without thinking too much about our possible demise. We would look up at the sky directly above us to check to see if the bomber was there flying in its tight circle.
Eventually, Kruschev ordered the Soviet ships to turn around and return to Russia. It was about the only intelligent thing this Communist oaf ever did. Kennedy did a good job, quite unexpectedly, since he came from a worthless family which included a killer, a rapist-murderer and a Mafia booze trader.